Oral history interview with Alexander Calder, 1971 October 26
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Luks, George Benjamin
Sloan, John French
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 27 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 3 min. This transcript has been corrected and edited at the Calder Foundation by Alexander S.C. Rower.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Interview of Alexander Calder conducted 1971 October 26, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Calder speaks of his studies in engineering at the Stevens Institute; his instructors at the Art Students League including George Luks, Boardman Robinson, and John Sloan; working in Paris; performances of his CIRCUS; artists in Paris in the late 1920s; his materials; his use of color and water; motorized sculpture; commissions; and his interest in works by Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp, and Alberto Giacometti.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alexander Calder, 1971 October 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was a sculptor from New York, New York.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001